Type News: Delta Delta Delta
Welcome to this week’s Type News! Let us help you through some new type and the rest of the news.
Before we drop into the new stuff, let’s cover off a few brief typeface updates. To start, Pilar Cano has added book weights to her gracefully textured and fluid text family Edita. Alex Scholing’s simple, soft, and subdued CoreHumanistSans was a single freebie when we introduced it two months ago. He’s since revisited his “neutral international” by adding light and bold weights — and a proper price tag. Hubert Jocham has also given his “strange baby” sans an update. The eleven weight NewJunePro family now comes equipped with small caps, additonal figural styles, and fresh complement of diacriticals.
The Ukraine-based AndrijType foundry’s latest is an uncomplicated, headline-focused, multilingual slab. Bandera Pro shares similar proportions and weights with its sans cousin Osnova Pro — an implied superfamily in the making. Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic language support are built in, along with a smattering of stylistic alternates, ornaments, and historical forms.
Bracketed beauty. Four years in the making, Delve Withrington’s Helfa provides a highly readable range of weights, featuring ample x-height and true italics. Subtle tapers, cups, and curves throughout each face show just how much individuality has been drawn into each character. See for yourself — Delve has generously made the regular and italic weights available — absolutely free.
Word on the street tells us that Social Gothic — Canada Type’s revamp of Thomas Hollingworth’s 60s-era Informal Gothic — is their best selling font. While we don’t have any numbers to back that up, consumer demand has apparently elicited the release Social Stencil — a sliced variation of the uncomplicated, unicase sans.
OurType has released Meret, a precise seven weight text family by Nils “Undogmatic” Thomsen. Designed while attending the KABK Type]Media course, this contemporary serif is balanced and meticulously detailed — right down to the six varieties of serifless numerals. Unsurprisingly, Meret was also an award winner at this years Letter.2 competition and can be seen at large in the recent redesign of Fast Company magazine by Florian Bachleda and Christian Schwartz.
Dave Rowland takes his Schizotype brush on the road with Streetscript. This upright display script definitely has oomph where it counts. Keep you eyes peeled for some snappy swash and ligature action, alternates galore, and stylish automagical underlining courtesy of some smart contextual substitution.
Taking inspiration from the decorative and linear nature of South American graffiti styles, Pandilla is the end result of years worth of sketching and lettering by Bogotá based Cristian Vargas and his Typozon studio. An urbanized visual language has been merged with slick, modular shapes to create a unique, multiple weight display face.
And now, the rest of the news!
- There are some beautiful letters in Calligraphy Tagliente.
- Owen Gregory discusses music, harmony, and proportion in web design.
- Paul shaw takes “A Closer Look at Type@Cooper.”
- Funkyum interviews Delve Withrington.
- Chris Coyier shows why icon fonts are awesome.
- Phil Baines guides us through “Public Lettering in Central London.”
- Check out some lovely vernacular typography in Rome.
- These neon signs from Poland are quite nice, as well.
- What if Fedra Serif was designed before Fedra Sans?
- Mike Sall explains how Typekit uses data.
- Grain Edit profiles the work of Tony Dispigna.
- PostDesk interviews Vincent Connare about the future of typography and (you guessed it) what he thinks about Comic Sans.
- If the previously-mentioned typeface causes you to react poorly, don’t follow this link.
- Interviews galore, this week. Here’s one with Ken Barber.
- View slides from David Březina’s talk, “On Typeface Design.”
- Tim Brown has shared some resources from his recent AIGA/Adobe web talk.
- How about a chromatic typewriter?
- Alan Ariail wants to know what this is.
- Typefaces from Rosetta have been added to Identifont.
- Help beta-test typefaces.
- A warm welcome to the newly-independent Samarskaya.
- Go wild with OpenType.
- Hello, Milwaukee! TypeCon2012’s call for papers is now open.
Here are some things to put a dent in your budget:
- You love type, right? Of course you do! Then how about a me-gift!
- It sounds like the third edition of Practical Font Design would make a nice gift.
- You could also order some nifty stuff from Linotype: The Film.
- Typoretum has some lovely letterpress Christmas cards.
- Creative Times has some nice gift ideas, too.
- One if these 2012 calendars could serve as a neat stocking-stuffer.
See you next week!
Thanks to Grant Hutchinson, purveyor of fine type specimens.
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